Malposition is defined as an abnormal position. If you have an eyelid malposition, your eyelid has moved into an awkward position. It can turn inward or outward leading to eye discomfort, irritation, infection, excessive tearing, dry eye, light sensitivity and more.
- Ectropion: eyelid turns out, often occurring in the lower eyelid
- Entropion: eyelid turns in so eyelashes rub against the eye
Causes of Eyelid Malpositions
- Eye muscle weakness as a result of aging
- Eye infection
- Eyelid growths
- Paralysis of the face
Surgery for Correcting Inward or Outward Eyelid Positions
At Arizona Eye Specialists our doctors will assess the cause of your eyelid disorder and recommend the best course of action. Surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia. A small part of the eyelid may be removed to tighten and reposition the eyelid. If the cause is from scar tissue, a skin graft may be necessary to allow the eyelid to rest properly on the eye. The small stitches used to close the incisions will dissolve within two weeks.
Expect mild bruising and swelling on the eye for approximately two weeks after surgery. Following your doctor’s post-op instructions will help minimize discomfort. Medications, antibiotic ointments and cold compresses will most likely be prescribed to help your eyes heal. Most patients experience immediate relief of their symptoms following surgery and recover quickly, with minimal discomfort.
Your doctor may also perform a non-surgical procedure to treat entropion, in which he strategically places sutures that turn the eyelid outwards. This method works well for patients who are not candidates for surgery.
If you are suffering from an abnormal eyelid position, contact us to schedule a consultation and find out what types of relief are available for your eyes.